Baptist Health Emergency Department Delivers Advanced, Time-Critical Trauma Care

When Faulkner County residents need life-saving, emergency care, they can depend on the fast response and quality care they will receive at Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway. 

As a Level III trauma center, the emergency department at Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway has demonstrated the ability to provide advanced trauma life support (ATLS). 

The emergency department additionally features multi-functional treatment rooms for patients with varied conditions and a dynamic design focused on providing a better experience for patients and visitors. 

“Our team in Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway’s emergency department is committed to delivering quality, compassionate care that is backed by the resources of Arkansas’ largest and most comprehensive not-for-profit healthcare organization,” says Lindsay Blitz, nurse manager of the hospital’s emergency department. Blitz, who has a decade of experience in emergency medicine, joined Baptist Health in late 2021.  

A patient choosing the healing ministry’s emergency department in Conway will have access to expert physicians from a wide range of specialties, including cardiology and stroke, should they need their care before leaving the hospital.  

Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway is particularly able to provide time-critical care to stroke patients, including initial emergency evaluation, real-time stroke assessment and treatment through telemedicine.  

Earlier this year, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) designated Baptist Health’s Conway hospital as an Arkansas Stroke Ready Hospital (ArSRH).  

Hospitals with the ArSRH designation partner with local EMS to improve outcomes by helping ensure stroke patients are rapidly transported to the most appropriate hospital. EMS providers screen patients with standardized protocols to effectively recognize stroke and make sure patients receive the right kind of care. 

The most recent data show that stroke continues to take a significant toll on our state. Arkansas has the fifth highest stroke death rate in the country, with over 45 deaths per 100,000 people every year. 

“Although life-saving treatment is available to reverse the effects of the most common type of stroke, few patients receive medical care in time,” Blitz said. “When the minutes matter, patients in our emergency department should expect a prompt response from our team and wait times that are kept to a minimum.” 

Not only has Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway been recognized at a state level, but it has also earned the prestigious Stroke Gold Plus distinction by the American Heart Association as part of the organization’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Achievement Awards. 

To achieve Stroke Gold Plus status, the hospital had to achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to quality achievement indicators for two or more consecutive calendar years, and had to achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with additional select quality measures for stroke. 

Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway provides comprehensive medical services within the hospital as well as offerings for care at a number of conveniently located family clinics and specialty clinics in and around the Conway area. From humble beginnings more than 100 years ago to now, Baptist Health’s purpose has remained the same—to create a healthier community through Christian compassion and innovative services. 

For more information, visit or call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1. 

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